Battle of Tupelo
A monument and interpretive
panels highlight the Tupelo
National Battlefield.
Brices Cross Roads
Walking trails and interpretive
panels help visitors visualize
Brices Cross Roads.
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Historic Sites of Tupelo, Mississippi
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Historic Sites of Tupelo, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi - Historic Sites & Points of Interest
Elvis Presley Birthplace
The "King of Rock and Roll" was born in this little
frame house in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The Birthplace of Elvis Presley
The city of Tupelo, Mississippi, is located in
the center of one of the most historic regions
in the American South.

When Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto
first entered the area in 1541, this was the
home of the powerful Chickasaw Indians.
They fiercely resisted his advance into their
territory.

Two hundred years later the Chickasaw were
still resisting Europeans, but the enemy this
time was the French. Two major battles were
fought in the Tupelo vicinity in around 1736,
one of which is remembered today as the
Battle of Ackia. A major
Chickasaw village
and fort site from this era is preserved on the
Natchez Trace Parkway on the western edge
of town. The site includes interpretive panels
and marked outlines of the fort and other
structures.

The Chickasaw eventually joined other Native
American nations on the Trail of Tears and
white settlers occupied their old fields and
town sites in the Tupelo area.

The historic
Natchez Trace passed through
the Tupelo area. Early settlers from the Ohio
and Cumberland valleys used this path to
return home after floating their goods down
the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

By the time of the Civil War there was a
railroad siding and small settlement here
and the community attracted the attention of
both Union and Confederate forces.

Two significant battles were fought in the
Tupelo vicinity.
The Battle of Brices Cross
Roads on June 10, 1864, was a major victory
for Southern general Nathan Bedford Forrest,
while the
Battle of Tupelo on July 14-15 of
that year was more of a draw. Both sites are
now maintained by the National Park Service.

A somber reminder of the brutality of the Civil
War can be found on the
Natchez Trace
Parkway just north of Tupelo, where a short
walking path follows a segment of the
original trace to the lonely graves of thirteen
unknown Confederate soldiers.

Other soldiers of the war, both Union and
Confederate, are buried in cemeteries
throughout the area.
The modern cit y of Tupelo was incorporated
in 1870 and has grown into a prosperous
commercial and tourism center.

Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock and Roll,"
was born in Tupelo on January 8, 1935. The
little
frame house where he was born and
lived during his childhood days is now
preserved as the centerpiece of a beautiful
memorial park. A museum, chapel and
statue of Elvis in boyhood also stand on the
grounds.

Tupelo also preserves several other points of
interested associated with the life of Elvis
Presley. The city is the perfect base for
exploring the rich history, Civil War sites and
beautiful rolling hills of Northeast
Mississippi. It is also a major stopping point
for visitors to the
Natchez Trace Parkway.
Chickasaw Village Site
The preserved site of a major
Native American village and
fort is located in Tupelo.
Unknown Southern Soldiers
Thirteen unknown Civil War
soldiers lie buried off the
Natchez Trace Parkway near
Tupelo.
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